Yemen-Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs -PRESS RELEASE

Sana’a, 21 January 2018 – The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched the
2018 Yemen Humanitarian Response Plan (YHRP) which seeks US$2.96 billion to provide lifesaving
assistance to 13.1 million people this year. This is the largest consolidated humanitarian
appeal for Yemen ever launched.
Three years of escalated conflict have turned Yemen into the worst man-made humanitarian
crisis of our time. Three quarters of the population – 22.2 million people – need humanitarian
assistance, including 11.3 million people in acute need who urgently require assistance to
survive.A generation of children is growing up in suffering and deprivation. Nearly two million children
are out of school, 1.8 million children under the age of five are acutely malnourished, including
400,000 who suffer from severe acute malnutrition and are 10 times more likely to die if they
do not receive medical treatment.
“Humanitarian assistance is not the solution to the plight of the people of Yemen, but it is the
only lifeline for millions of them,” said Jamie McGoldrick, Humanitarian Coordinator in
Yemen. “Today, humanitarian partners appeal to the international community to support this
critical lifeline.”
The 2018 YHRP targets people in acute need or at risk of slipping into acute need. The plan is
tailored to address the needs of internally displaced people, returnees and host communities in a
more sustainable manner through the implementation of integrated humanitarian programmes in
areas where the risks of famine, disease outbreak and protracted displacement converge.
“A strategic priority for the 2018 YHRP is to work with national institutions that provide
essential services to prevent their collapse,” said the Humanitarian Coordinator. “We thank
donors for their support in 2017, and urge them to support the people of Yemen as they
continue to face unprecedented needs.”In 2017, donors provided US$1.65 billion (70.5 per cent) out of US$2.34 billion that
humanitarian partners in Yemen requested.

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